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Harveys Christmas Ale (Bottle)

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Brewed by Harveys
Style: Barley Wine
Lewes, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle; Pasteurised.
This brews popularity made it difficult to restrict it to being available for only a limited period. Fortunately the high alcohol level enables us to brew enough to last most of the year. This ensures that we keep this ales enthusiasts happy all year round. A strong, dark, heavily hopped seasonal drink.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (3563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Worldbeertaste. Poured a clear reddish amber with a bubbly round head. The aroma is rich fruity with some malty vinegar notes. The flavour is medium sweet light bitter with a smooth oily red berry fruit alcoholic light bitter palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation. A Christmas beer like no other!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1545) - AUSTRIA - JAN 7, 2014
Deep brown with a thin, white, disappearing, nonlacy head. Smells of deep toasted malt, caramel, sweet malt, and a bit of peat. Medium to full oily body. Tastes of toasted malt, caramel, rich malt and a bit of syrup. Nice by very sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (4256) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Worldbeertaste. Pours clear brown with a small bubbly beige head. Aroma of Christmas spice, dark fruit, malts, caramel. Flavor is over moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zer0 (1125) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle thanks to worldbeertaste. Pours clear amber. Aroma is sweet malts, raisin, chocolate, red fruits and alcohol. Taste is quite sweet. Full bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (2611) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle. Clear mahogany with a minimal beige head. Sweet brown bread and boozy dark fruit aroma. Sweet prune, chewy brown bread, and light alcohol flavor. Medium body, soft/flat carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (6975) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle. Tart apple, raisin, and bready malt aroma. Hazy amber with minimal head. Sweet raisin and brown sugar malt and mild alcohol flavor. Light tart apple finish. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (1901) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2013
Brown-red in the glass, nose is caramel and sweet dark malt. The beer starts sweet, malty and smooth. More like a Scotch Ale. The malty sweet taste continues, a slightly bitter note fits in well. The aftertaste is long, bitter, sweet-smooth, nice malty and round.
a nice Christmas beer, but for me a bit too sweet. But for the 8,1% (which donít result in something sharp or alcoholic) a great brew!
--> 12/12/10/11

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2013
What a pleasant beer. Like a Christmas pudding in a glass. rum and raisins fighting for control neither winning and all the better for it. If i can find more of this iíll be a happy man

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (971) - SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
Soft auburn, slight off white head. Nice spritely cinnamon nose, rich, pudding. Tight and again soft cinnamon, spicey and wee bit reassuring refreshment. Tinselly finish.

Bottle, 2009 Vintage c/o Santa Garvie, November Tasting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2012) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle. Amber with tan head. A slight metallic pissy aroma, dried fruits and caramel. Taste is quite oxidised, sherry, raisins. Sweet and a bitter finish. Nice


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